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The International (2009)

(R) 119 mins

Synopsis: An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution’s role in an international arms dealing ring.

Additional Cast: Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Brían F. O’Byrne, Ulrich ThomsenJack McGee

Director: Tom Tykwer

Writer: Eric Warren Singer

Serious Jest:  (Worth Watching)  “Well, this is the difference between truth and fiction: fiction has to make sense.”  That line (which is not entirely original) best represents this movie for several reasons.  On one end, it is one of the many gems that are dropped in the terrific dialogue of this film, along with my other favorite: “Character is easier kept than recovered.”  Additionally, the acting was very well-executed.  Owen has the rugged edge, fire, and thousand-yard stare, all at the same time.  Mueller-Stahl stood out for his convincing portrayal of a man who has lost a war with himself.  I also heavily enjoyed the use of setting.  The film takes place in different countries, and the viewer gets to experience some of each one.  The Guggenheim scene is extremely memorable, and could be remembered as a classic scene for years to come.

On the other hand, this film did not seem to follow its own advice about making sense, choosing to live in blissful ignorance instead.  The concept of the NYC District Attorney’s office working directly with Interpol to investigate a criminal case against an international bank, without the U.S. Federal Government being involved, is ridiculous even beyond some of the crap you see happen on the Law & Order series…especially when a huge chunk of that investigation takes place in Europe, and is stuff that a detective should be handling, anyway…and who the hell is paying for this European adventure?  The city?


About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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